Today’s #SKPeeps: Transporting patients quickly and safely from community hospitals to a tertiary hospital is no simple feat, especially when considering the complex medical needs of a critically-ill child or a premature baby. Since it began in 1973, the Acute Care Transport Services (ACTS) team at SickKids has become a leader in this very specialized service in Canada.
The 28-people team that includes nurses, respiratory therapists, transport coordinators and rotating physicians, is the largest of its kind in Ontario and transports 1,600 children a year. It is responsible for half of all neonatal and paediatric transfers in the province. “We are really a portable intensive care unit. We take the highest level of expertise and skill from paediatric, cardiac and neonatal ICUs at SickKids, beyond our walls and out to the community,” says Mark LePine, Registered Respiratory Therapist who has been with ACTS for 20 years. “Timing is critical. From the moment a call comes in, before we even arrive on the scene, we are consulting with the medical providers on site to determine what type of care is needed.” Read more about the ACTS team here: http://ow.ly/IFld30h9NZV (link in bio)